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Albania is still one of those nations that is off of the average person’s radar when it comes to holiday planning, but that may soon change. Although fairly isolated due to its location, the culture, spirit, and heritage of this nation is quite rich. It is also a place where your hard-earned money can stretch further than you might imagine during your next holiday.

Traditionally, Albania has been 70% Sunni Muslim, 10% Roman Catholic (mostly in the north) and 20% Albanian Orthodox, making it the only European country to have a Muslim majority. From 1967 to 1990 it was also the only officially atheist state in the world, and many churches were converted into cinemas and theatres.

The spiritual vacuum left after the fall of communism was in part being filled by US evangelists, but new churches and mosques were springing up all over the country.

The Numerous Ancient Ruins

Everyone loves a good set of ancient ruins. UNESCO has named many around the world as Heritage Sites to help protect them. Albania has several that are protected as well, but because of the isolation they aren’t as busy as other European locations. Imagine visiting a 13th century town in its authentic splendor for the cost of a sweet treat – and you’ll likely be the only people there too.

Incredible Castles

The castles of Albania seem like they belong in a detective story rather than a fairy tale, but that doesn’t change their splendor at all. Some are even completed restored to help visitors see the storied past that this nation has encountered. You’ll find castles on beaches, at mountain summits, and sometimes even in the middle of a grassy field surrounded by livestock.

Thousands of Bunkers

Albania was once ruled by a man named Enver Hoxha. This dictator was more than a little worried about someone trying to conquer his country, so he built almost 1 million concrete bunkers to provide a land-based defense against invading armies or falling nuclear weapons. These stand as just one interesting testament to the decades of Communist rule that can be experienced today.

Albania is easily one of the most diverse and tolerant nations in the world today, making it an inviting place to explore. If you’re ready to be an explorer instead of a tourist for your next holiday, then make this nation your planned destination. It’s a decision you’ll cherish forever.

Travel and vacation in Albania

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City Guides

Berat

#Berat Visit Berat Berat with 45.000 inhabitants is a city in south-central Albania, Berat is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and you find...

Borsh

#Borsh Visit Borsh You’ll find Borsh in the heart of the Albanian Riviera. It may be a small community, but it is filled with numerous opportunities....

Dhermi

#Dhermi Visit Dhermi The beaches you’ll find in Dhermi stand out as some of the best you can find in all of Albania. It is one...

Durrës

#Durrës Visit Durrës The beaches of Durres seem to stretch on for an eternity and unlike other areas along the Albanian coast, they are fully developed....

Elbasan

#Elbasan Visit Elbasan   Travel to Elbasan, Albania Read about and get inspiration for a trip to the city, check for the cheapest flights and hotels in Elbasan...

Gjirokaster

#Gjirokaster Visit Gjirokaster Gjirokaster is one of those cities that is often overlooked by the casual traveler. Once you see its many wonders and natural beauty,...

Good to know

Coronavirus & travel restrictions Albania

#Coronavirus Albania Coronavirus status - Albania How is the coronavirus situation in Albania ? See the statistics for the country in confirmed and present active Covid-19...

Dentist in Albania

Dentist in Albania Vacation and dentist at the same time ? You can do both !  Going abroad for cheaper dental treatment is increasingly popular. Many...

National Tourist Information Albania

Traveladvisor in Albania: Are you going on a vacation you can get lots of free and professional help, traveladvice and information from the National...

Weather and forecast

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Largest cities

See the list of the largest and most important cities in the country, and the size of the cities by population.

Important: the informations are from various external sources. If you are using the informations professional please seek official confirmation whether the figures are actual or not. Last update august 2017

RankNamePop.
1Tirana622.190
2Durrës203.917
3Vlorë135.032
4Elbasan124.179
5Shkodër111.686
6Korçë86.994
7Fier84.638
8Kamëz81.688
9Berat63.132
10Lushnjë53.507
11Sarandë40.736
12Paskuqan39.553
13Kavajë39.478
14Pogradec38.642
15Gjirokastër33.346

Official National Holidays

Below you can see the list with official national holidays in the country.

DateEnglish nameAlbanian nameRemarks
01 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
02 01New Year's DayViti i RiFixed
14 03Summer DayDita e VerësFixed
NovruzNowruzDita e Sulltan NevruzitVariable
Easter Monday - CatholicCatholic EasterPashkët KatolikeVariable
Easter Monday - OrthodoxOrthodox EasterPashkët OrtodokseVariable
01 05May DayDita Ndërkombëtare e PunonjësveFixed
Eid ul-FitrEid ul-FitrBajrami i Madh (Fitër Bajrami)Variable
Eid ul-AdhaEid ul-AdhaBajrami i Vogël (Kurban Bajrami)Variable
19 10Mother Teresa DayDita e Nënë TerezësFixed
28 11Independence DayDita e PavarësisëFixed
29 11Liberation DayDita e ÇlirimitFixed
08 12Youth DayDita Kombëtare e RinisëFixed
25 12ChristmasKrishtlindjetFixed

Best of Albania

Lying across the Adriatic Sea from Italy, Albania is a southeastern European country of astounding natural beauty that includes rolling plains and beautiful beaches. This Balkan nation is bordered by Greece to the south, Macedonia to the east, Kosovo to the northeast and Montenegro to the northwest. Albania Holidays have risen in popularity in recent years as increasing numbers of tourists have discovered the country’s delights. Tirana is the capital and is in the north-central part of the country; it has interesting cultural and historical attractions, and is a great place to explore. Albania’s only international airport, Tirana International Airport Nene Tereza, is named after the late missionary nun Mother Teresa, who was ethnic Albanian

Culture

The culture of Albania is majorly influenced by that of the mainland Greeks especially in the urban locality; nodding one’s head means ‘no’ where as shaking the head means ‘yes’. To greet someone, handshaking is preferred, though Shoku (Comrade) was used before, which has been long forgotten now. People dress informally here. Swim suits are meant for the beaches, otherwise women are expected not to dress in a revealing outfit. When addressing someone prefix Zoti(Mr) or Zonja(Mrs) before the name and always remember to carry some gifts when visiting someone, although flowers aren’t much acceptable. The guests are served with coffee, raki or sweets. Smokers don’t have to worry much, but they should avoid it where they see a sign of Ndalohet Duhani or Ndalohet pirja e duhanit.

Travelling in Albania

Buses with relatively cheap fares operate in the main cities of the country or taxis are another choice which provided service for some main hotels.
Visit Dajti Mountain and experience Dajti Ekspres Cable car for an unforgettable 15 minute ride passing through Dajt Oark to reach Tirana. The route is about 4.2 km long and the ride costs €6.5.Alpha Yachting provides crewed yacht which is a luxury in itself. Tirana Bank is the best place for withdrawing money as it allows access to Visa cards.

Getting There

One of the best and the easiest means is to go by air. Albanian Airlines is the national airline which works in collaboration with Tyrolean Airways, and provides service to almost all the big European cities. The airport, Mother Teresa, is 16 miles or 26 km away from the capital. A tourist bus is available every 3 hrs to get to the city center and takes about 30 minutes to get there. Taxis are available round the clock. While waiting for any transport service, tourists can check out the duty free shops, bank, eateries and car hire at the airport.

If trying to get there by sea, try the ferry services which are provided by Adriatic Line and Agoudimos. The main ports are Durres (has ferry connection to Italy, Bari, Brindisi, Trieste, and Ancona), Vlora (has ferry connection to Bari, and Brindisi), Saranda (has connection to Corfu), Shen Gjini (has ferry connection to Bari). Check out www.adriatica.it and www.aqoudimos-lines.com for more information.

Bus is another option. Buses start from Istanbul, Athens and Sofia. Internal passengers have lots of options with bus services provided.

Interesting sights and cities

There are great places to stay during your Albania holidays, starting with the capital, Tirana. The sole international airport is just 20 minutes outside the city, making Tirana a natural choice for many visitors, whether staying there or moving later to other parts of the country. The Albanian Riviera is a stunning location, with mountainous areas sweeping down to the sea, and is the choice of lots of tourists as it has wonderful beach resorts all along it. The city of Berat in the south-central part of the country is another good choice. Known as the ‘City of a Thousand Windows’, the old part of the town is World Heritage-listed

Tirana

Tirana is the capital of Albania and has a population of a little over 300,000. The city is an eclectic mix of traditional European structures, soviet style five story buildings and mid-east influenced architecture. Relatively small, Tirana is a city with a small town feel.

Korca – Rugs, Rugs, Rugs

Korca is a city located in the east of Albania close to the border of Greece. Built high up on a plateau, Korca is a must see if you love Turkish style rugs and carpets. The entire city seems to be devoted to the manufacture and sale of every size, color and type of rug. If you’re staying overnight, Hotel Iliria is your best option.

Petrela Castle

Dating back to 500 AD, Petrela Castle is an ancient structure, which is in relatively good shape considering the history attached to it. At one time or another, Petrela was the primary defense of the city of Durres. It has been held, used and conquered by Romans, Greeks, Turks and other. Seriously off the beaten path, getting to Petrela requires a sturdy Jeep or Landcruiser. It is a very bumpy road, but the view is more than worth it.

Albanian Riviera

If you’re spending your Albania holidays on the Riviera, you’ll find it’s like the more famous French Riviera – only better. It’s cheaper, the beaches are more beautiful and the locals are friendlier! Among the most stunning beaches along the coast are those at Ksamil, Himara and Borshi.

National Historical Museum

Visit the National Historical Museum in Tirana and get a flavour of the country’s heritage and past. It’s the biggest museum in the country and has a large amount of items of archaeological interest.

Butrint National Park

Butrint National Park in the far southwest is well worth a visit. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an area of archaeological importance. A number of ancient structures are still standing, including a Roman theatre, city walls and a basilica.

The National Art Gallery of Albania is another worthwhile stop on the tourist trail, and should not be missed. It’s also in the capital and has thousands of works of art by Albanian and foreign artists.

Lake Skadar

Lake Skadar is the largest lake in the Balkan Peninsula and is an extremely picturesque setting. About one-third of it is in Albania and the rest is over the border in Montenegro. There’s lots of wildlife in the area, including rare European pelicans.

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Albania Covid-19 / Coronavirus

Albania
279,077
Total confirmed cases
Updated on
Albania
1,840
Total active cases
Updated on
Country/Region
Confirmed cases
Deaths
Active cases
Afghanistan
182,228
7,720
10,218
Albania
279,077
3,497
1,840
Algeria
266,038
6,875
80,660
Andorra
43,774
153
429
Angola
99,761
1,900
712
Anguilla
3,411
9
26
Antigua and Barbuda
8,625
141
58
Argentina
9,367,172
129,070
97,070
Armenia
423,104
8,629
1,814
Aruba
40,595
221
469
Australia
8,026,309
9,705
251,102
Austria
4,393,255
18,764
87,996
Azerbaijan
793,164
9,717
155
Bahamas
35,835
817
872
Bahrain
618,498
1,492
14,210
Bangladesh
1,965,173
29,140
29,345
Barbados
83,776
473
1,062
Belarus
982,867
6,978
975,889
Belgium
4,211,511
31,883
62,677
Belize
63,037
679
1,014
Benin
27,122
163
1,453
Bermuda
15,957
138
251
Bhutan
59,674
21
26
Bolivia
921,104
21,953
17,738
Bosnia
378,505
15,803
362,702
Botswana
318,528
2,719
6,685
Brazil
32,078,638
670,459
842,091
British Virgin Islands
6,941
63
6,878
Brunei
159,591
225
1,699
Bulgaria
1,170,091
37,246
61,323
Burkina Faso
20,853
382
32
Burundi
42,542
38
42,504
Cabo Verde
59,416
403
1,261
Cambodia
136,262
3,056
0
Cameroon
120,002
1,930
281
Canada
3,926,613
41,865
328,377
Caribbean Netherlands
10,302
35
45
Cayman Islands
27,171
28
18,590
Central African Republic
14,649
113
7,677
Chad
7,424
193
2,357
Channel Islands
79,117
178
1,465
Chile
3,959,325
58,416
284,240
China
225,565
5,226
548
Colombia
6,151,354
139,970
46,301
Comoros
8,100
160
7
Congo
24,128
385
3,565
Cook Islands
5,768
1
27
Costa Rica
904,934
8,525
35,698
Croatia
1,145,521
16,052
3,452
Cuba
1,105,924
8,529
180
Curaçao
44,127
277
283
Cyprus
504,717
1,072
379,275
Czechia
3,929,153
40,313
3,078
Côte d'Ivoire
83,049
805
208
DRC
91,082
1,371
38,781
Denmark
3,005,707
6,438
15,229
Diamond Princess
712
13
0
Djibouti
15,690
189
74
Dominica
14,781
67
264
Dominican Republic
603,256
4,383
3,556
Ecuador
901,739
35,705
866,034
Egypt
515,645
24,613
48,850
El Salvador
169,646
4,139
5,514
Equatorial Guinea
15,995
183
73
Eritrea
9,788
103
11
Estonia
579,316
2,588
54,969
Ethiopia
487,430
7,530
20,287
Falkland Islands (Malvinas)
1,807
0
1,807
Faroe Islands
34,658
28
34,630
Fiji
65,558
865
1,106
Finland
1,133,597
4,832
1,128,765
France
30,513,713
149,317
865,923
French Guiana
86,911
401
75,256
French Polynesia
73,234
649
72,585
Gabon
47,824
305
176
Gambia
12,002
365
46
Georgia
1,659,371
16,839
5,239
Germany
27,771,111
140,734
1,150,477
Ghana
165,749
1,449
1,556
Gibraltar
19,306
104
2,623
Greece
3,616,874
30,178
108,248
Greenland
11,971
21
9,189
Grenada
18,270
232
118
Guadeloupe
166,424
950
163,224
Guatemala
896,850
18,497
26,265
Guinea
36,597
442
42
Guinea-Bissau
8,348
171
72
Guyana
67,099
1,251
957
Haiti
31,301
837
644
Holy See (Vatican City State)
29
0
0
Honduras
426,490
10,904
283,142
Hong Kong
1,237,877
9,398
27,718
Hungary
1,925,083
46,626
9,213
Iceland
192,991
153
192,838
India
43,407,046
525,020
94,420
Indonesia
6,081,896
156,726
14,315
Iran
7,236,713
141,386
33,366
Iraq
2,339,148
25,231
7,725
Ireland
1,587,385
7,437
26,944
Isle of Man
33,821
108
6,919
Israel
4,301,609
10,940
57,779
Italy
18,234,242
168,102
733,440
Jamaica
142,440
3,119
48,760
Japan
9,253,386
31,126
144,186
Jordan
1,698,316
14,068
502
Kazakhstan
1,306,300
13,663
352
Kenya
332,227
5,652
4,334
Kiribati
3,236
13
558
Kuwait
641,985
2,555
4,516
Kyrgyzstan
201,024
2,991
1,627
Lao People's Democratic Republic
210,251
757
209,494
Latvia
833,711
5,855
2,997
Lebanon
1,108,213
10,461
10,165
Lesotho
33,938
699
9,084
Liberia
7,493
294
1,452
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
502,110
6,430
4,707
Liechtenstein
17,814
85
135
Lithuania
1,066,492
9,168
19,024
Luxembourg
254,697
1,085
7,002
MS Zaandam
9
2
0
Macao
172
0
89
Macedonia
313,360
9,322
540
Madagascar
65,381
1,398
697
Malawi
86,348
2,645
724
Malaysia
4,556,664
35,746
28,151
Maldives
180,384
300
16,397
Mali
31,156
737
94
Malta
101,453
740
5,603
Marshall Islands
18
0
0
Martinique
192,506
957
191,445
Mauritania
59,451
982
200
Mauritius
38,427
1,002
733
Mayotte
37,523
187
34,372
Mexico
5,962,615
325,580
486,576
Micronesia
38
0
5
Moldova
519,741
11,563
4,036
Monaco
12,808
57
170
Mongolia
926,282
2,179
924,103
Montenegro
239,458
2,724
1,092
Montserrat
1,016
8
1
Morocco
1,204,578
16,101
19,417
Mozambique
227,644
2,212
501
Myanmar
613,556
19,434
1,592
N. Korea
4,722,430
73
13,847
Namibia
169,076
4,061
563
Nauru
2,404
0
2,392
Nepal
979,569
11,952
208
Netherlands
8,152,778
22,354
70,786
New Caledonia
63,379
313
673
New Zealand
1,314,145
1,421
36,569
Nicaragua
18,491
225
14,041
Niger
9,031
310
93
Nigeria
256,958
3,144
3,637
Niue
10
0
1
Norway
1,444,193
3,280
7,595
Oman
390,244
4,260
1,315
Pakistan
1,534,270
30,390
4,899
Palau
5,201
6
640
Palestine
584,243
5,356
949
Panama
915,057
8,347
15,141
Papua New Guinea
44,702
662
58
Paraguay
655,532
18,963
11,896
Peru
3,616,929
213,462
25,113
Philippines
3,701,743
60,518
7,087
Poland
6,013,164
116,417
561,098
Portugal
5,120,970
24,013
451,794
Qatar
380,530
679
4,873
Romania
2,915,487
65,726
2,950
Russia
18,421,564
380,943
192,753
Rwanda
130,819
1,459
83,838
Réunion
421,269
807
1,890
S. Korea
18,329,448
24,525
129,099
Saint Helena
2
0
0
Saint Kitts and Nevis
5,941
43
66
Saint Lucia
26,970
380
138
Saint Martin
10,668
63
9,206
Saint Pierre Miquelon
2,767
1
317
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
7,012
111
260
Samoa
14,812
29
13,178
San Marino
17,719
115
340
Sao Tome and Principe
6,023
73
13
Saudi Arabia
791,784
9,201
9,604
Senegal
86,280
1,968
31
Serbia
2,026,045
16,121
6,615
Seychelles
44,521
167
449
Sierra Leone
7,694
125
7,569
Singapore
1,408,358
1,408
89,139
Sint Maarten
10,537
86
24
Slovakia
1,794,406
20,142
3,186
Slovenia
1,035,420
6,649
7,019
Solomon Islands
21,237
149
4,731
Somalia
26,748
1,350
12,216
South Africa
3,992,449
101,731
13,318
South Sudan
17,697
138
1,929
Spain
12,681,820
107,799
412,043
Sri Lanka
664,080
16,521
542
St. Barth
4,630
6
4,624
Sudan
62,551
4,951
57,600
Suriname
80,817
1,359
29,897
Swaziland
73,073
1,415
36
Sweden
2,515,769
19,060
7,262
Switzerland
3,708,891
13,979
54,989
Syrian Arab Republic
55,920
3,150
18
Taiwan
3,641,921
6,345
1,101,112
Tajikistan
17,388
124
0
Tanzania
35,366
841
34,525
Thailand
4,515,890
30,610
22,892
Timor-Leste
22,950
133
8
Togo
37,348
275
89
Tonga
12,079
12
246
Trinidad and Tobago
166,712
4,002
6,780
Tunisia
1,046,703
28,670
1,018,033
Turkey
15,085,742
98,996
406
Turks and Caicos Islands
6,211
36
47
Tuvalu
3
0
3
UAE
940,503
2,313
17,317
UK
22,592,827
179,927
292,240
USA
88,794,286
1,040,805
3,239,866
Uganda
167,452
3,621
63,436
Ukraine
5,015,994
108,622
1,228
Uruguay
951,948
7,312
16,263
Uzbekistan
240,478
1,637
938
Vanuatu
11,173
14
196
Venezuela
525,782
5,729
1,862
Vietnam
10,744,085
43,084
1,044,534
Wallis and Futuna
454
7
9
Western Sahara
10
1
0
Yemen
11,824
2,149
567
Zambia
325,110
4,003
1,385
Zimbabwe
255,355
5,549
1,564
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